I am a wine drinker. A terrible wine drinker, seeing as the reason I got into this wine drinking business is because I am a terrible, choosy drunk; beer is too smelly for me, vodka too sharp, whisky sets my throat on fire in an unpleasant way and Guarana delivers no high for me. Based on all these (personal) observations, I figured I would just get a glass of wine and be content.
At first, it was a glass of red wine. Tiny glasses that seemed to empty before I even sipped. It suited for a while, then I had to get something else. This musical chairs with liqour left me with white wine, dry, as the only participant standing. That was good enough, for a while. Then I was off, attempting to give my palate some diversity, but you cannot offer diversity unless you are educated.
In the same time I was collecting wine information, a revolution -bent on achieving wholesome appreciation of wine- was brewing.
Mid 2015, the Standard did a feature on a certain Kevin Wacera. Wacera, at the interesting age of 21, had allegedly begun a (very well paying) career as a wine taster, with little to no formal education on the matter. And while Wacera’s story is awe-inspiring, it is Jean Wandimi that is after my heart.
Wandimi is the brains behind the food blog, The Wine And Food Review. Her blog has been up and running for about three years now and in that time Wanjimi has dedicated a huge chunk of the blog to wine. This set precedence for her wine education webminars. In 2015, Wanjimi, alongside Penelope Kirui, begun hosting #WineInKenya.
The #WineInKenya conversation just returned on its second seasond, and takes place on Twitter every Wednesday morning, from 10am through noon. The conversation moderated by Wanjimi is a quest to educate her readers on all matters wine.
“I started the forum after the blog hit 2 years and I was getting so many questions from avid & prospective wine drinkers. I decided to do it to educate people and twitter was the most effective way of reaching my readers. ” about the choice of Twitter as her medium, Wandimi says, “I realized that most of my readers got to know about my blog through twitter and I decided to start there. ”
In an age where trending is a measure of a success, Wanjimi’s #WineInKenya has trended a couple of times and one would think that it was time that this wine revultion was expanded into the physical world. Wanjimi is of the same school of thought and says that plans to host face-t0-face classes are underway.
Wanjimi, Wacera and countless other drink and food bloggers are proof that wine is no longer an exclusive drink for a select view but a drink that is set onto turning into a lifestyle. Is it one you want to be a part of, or did you already board that ship?